• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Jack-towel a long endless towel passing over a roller
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. Jacques, the most common name in France, hence used as a substitute for John, the most common name in England; but it is really=James or Jacob—L. Jacobus.


In literature:

Here's a sink, with the water laid on, Sir, and a clean jack towel behind the door.
"The Pickwick Papers" by Charles Dickens
Get behind the door, old chap, and have the jack-towel betwixt you.
"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens
There was the drawback that there were no towels to use, and Jack said so.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
Jack rose, picked up a big soft towel, and, deliberately lifting one of her feet from the water, rubbed it until it turned rosy.
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
I now opened my eyes, and saw that there was a very dirty jack-towel on a roller behind the door, to which I hastily ran.
"The Story of Antony Grace" by George Manville Fenn
They had just hung up the last tea towel and called Jack to light the bonfire, when Grace came back.
"The Little Colonel's Holidays" by Annie Fellows Johnston